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A hike through the Great Black Swamp

Watching hurricane updates over the weekend, thankful to have our evacuated daughter back home and praying for loved ones who were riding out Irma huddled in a closet, it was weird to be simultaneously absorbed in writing about a hike … Continue reading

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An awkward moment on the trail

So we’re hiking to Grotto Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when my sister-in-law Dawn spots something in the bushes about 20 feet above us. “What is that up there – a piece of trash?” “Hey, it’s moving! Think it’s a … Continue reading

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Hiking tip helps in river incident

The gap between the rocks was too wide.   I knew I could leap across, but I couldn’t tell if the rock I’d be landing on was slippery. Though my son and his long-legged male cousins had taken this route, … Continue reading

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The hike that got away

How did we miss this? Just a couple of miles from “Indiana’s Stonehenge,” and we didn’t even know it until more than a week after we got home? This is what happens in a county where a glorious state park … Continue reading

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Janathon: Days 1-6

So much for daily Janathon updates on Twitter. I did one on New Year’s Day and that was it. I haven’t abandoned the challenge itself, though. I’m really loving the way it gets me to shake up my usual workout … Continue reading

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Exploring the other side of the river

Funny how all these years I’ve been running the River Greenway without paying much attention to the river itself. It would have to be something pretty spectacular, like the time we spotted 10 turtles perched on a pipe, or the … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Smoky Mountain hiking fun!

By Colleen, age 11 Tennessee  was so much fun.  I went on EVERY hike, which was pretty grueling. First on Sunday was chimney top, and that was the hardest by far. Monday was rainbow falls which was coming in hot … Continue reading

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Bear encounter on the trail

We knew there were bears up ahead on the trail to Abrams Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mother and three cubs, reported hikers we passed on their way back. All week long, trails had been closing due … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Nature deficit disorder

Have you ever heard of nature deficit disorder? This is what happens when a kid does not get enough time outside. It can cause a bunch of behavioral problems and it can make you fat, stressed out and less creative, … Continue reading

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Running out of a jam on a family hike

I’d wanted to get in a run during our whirlwhind weekend at Turkey Run State Park, but this wasn’t what I had in mind: Jogging down the highway in jeans and Crocs, fetching the van to go “rescue” Bob and … Continue reading

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